Name: Milena

Origin and Meaning of the Name Milena

  • Meaning:
    Gracious; pet form for "mil" names
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  • Meaning:
    Black
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  • Meaning:
    Beloved, from the Gaelic name Muirne
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  • Meaning:
    Micacle of the blessed virgin and light
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  • Gender:
    Girl
  • Pronunciation:
    (mee LEH nah); (mee LAH nah)
  • Form of:
    Itself (Milena)
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Miscellaneous Info for Milena

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  • Used in:
    Bulgarian, Czech, English, Greek, Italian, Serbian, Spanish and Russian speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    Milena is a name with several origins and is used in several different cultures and countries.

    It is a derivitave or the male Milan, a name which comes from the Celtic Medelhan, meaning "in the middle of the plain". Milan is the latinate form.

    Milena is als a popular pet form of several different Slovak names that contain the element "mil" meaning "gracious" or "grace". It is probably known best, and most popularly, in this form.

    Aside from both of these derivations, there is the Hawaiian form of the name Myrna, which is also Milena. Myrna is an anglicised form of the Irish/Gaelic name, Muirne, which basically means "beloved".

    The name Milena also occurs in Spanish speaking countries as a compound name composed of the names Milagros (Spanish "miracle" bestowed to honor the Virgin Mary) and Elena (Spanish form of Helen, a cognate of the Greek Helene, meaning "light"). The Spanish pronunciation differs slightly.

    Also, a derivative of the Greek Melaina or Melania, meaning "black".

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